Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Now that winter is coming, we all face seasonal health concerns. Should I get a flu shot? Which medication is better for this sniffle: a decongestant or antihistamine? Is this itchy patch just typical dry skin, or a rash that needs medical attention? Was my upset stomach caused simply by eating too many holiday goodies, or is it food poisoning?

When it comes to your health, don't fool around with unreliable, potentially dangerous information from the World Wide Web. Trust the Consumer Health Complete database, brought to you by the NCC Libraries.

Consumer Health Complete is a module of the EBSCOhost database that provides health information from trustworthy sources such as the Mayo Clinic, the American Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and Harvard University. The database can be searched by the name of a disease, by symptoms, by surgical procedure, or by categories of health care topics such as "mental health," "children's health," "substance abuse" and so on.

In addition to helpful background information on medical conditions, such as a description of symptoms, diagnoses and treatments, Consumer Health Complete also offers detailed diagrams of the affected body systems, videos and animations, pamphlets, and patient guides to prescription and non-prescription drugs.

Consumer Health Complete is easy to use, and is available to NCC students, faculty and staff 24 hours a day. For access instructions, contact a reference librarian by phone, (610) 861-5359, or by e-mail. The NCC Librarians wish you a healthy holiday season!

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